Did you know that roasting your own coffee at home is an extremely easy and satisfying way to save money? You may not know this, but roasting coffee is about a difficult as boiling an egg!
Along with saving money, comes personal satisfaction, extreme freshness and intense flavor, and bragging rights! For $30 or less, here is how to start your own home coffee roasting.
Step 1: Gather the things you need
- A hot-air popper with a funnel to catch the chaff. Make sure you use this model, as others could overheat. Go thrifting. (I found mine for $.99 at a Goodwill.)
- Large bowl to collect chaff (the skin layer that flakes off when cooked)
- Green coffee beans (½ cup per batch). You can order green beans online. If you can find a local store that can be ordered through, pick up your order to avoid shipping costs. (I found 5 Lbs of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for $27.32.)
- Colander for cooling the beans (medium sized)
- Two oven mitts or potholders
- Coffee bean grinder.( I also found one at Goodwill for $8.) New the lower end cost around $10-$15.
Step 2: Procedure
Step 3: Enjoy!
- Beans are at their prime 12-24 hours after roasting. However, this shouldn’t stop you from grinding some immediately after roasting!
- Leave freshly roasted beans out in the open for the first 24 hours to complete its de-gassing process. (makes the flavor richer). If you want to store it immediately, be sure to leave the same amount of air in the container as the level of beans to let the de-gassing process continue.
- Grind beans as needed. The hard shell on the bean protects the flavor inside, so don’t grind up your beans until you are ready to brew it.
So extremely easy! And I promise, your house will smell AMAZING!!!
Play around with different types of beans to find your favorite. Roast to different levels and sample. Not sure what to buy? There are samplers available which could help you to find your favorite.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is a lighter and full-bodied roast with a high caffeine level and oh so yummy!